In my youth, I wasn’t much of a hockey player. My brother used to say that when he watched me skate he heard in his head the music from that old TV series The Dukes of Hazzard when the boys were putting one over on Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane. It was kind of a twangy, hillbilly sound.
I don’t know why but this sound echoed through my head when I started reading the Throne speech just now. Here’s a little excerpt outlining why:
“Your predecessors, too, were summoned to this chamber at times of great crisis: as Canada struggled to claim her independence, in the shadow of war, during the depth of the Great Depression and at moments when great policy division tugged the very bonds of this union.”
So far what has been a light recession. The PM is equating his time as the same as Sir John A. or the World War or the Great Depression. Maybe even a hint of separation in those words.
This is crazy. They are trying to scare people silly so all other considerations (i.e. like bringing down the government) will pale by comparison.
I kind of like Stephen Harper, personally – but I didn’t think he would have much time for economic development in New Brunswick and so far that turns out to be correct. Not that Paul Martin and Jean C. were overly keen. I was in Ottawa one time and a senior guy told me that every once in while a directive would come down from on high to “do something for Atlantic Canada”. His voiced dripped with sarcasm when he said this but it is a metaphor for the Federal government and its relationship to New Brunswick these days.
We need a PM that’s a partner with NB on its economic development. New Brunswick only makes up something like 2.3% of the national population so in the spirit of McGuinty-esque politic – we only need 2.3% of the PM’s time. That works out to about to about 43 hours a year. Just enough time to thoughtfully consider what a serious economic development partnership would look like.
Save the hyperbole. History seems to indicate that the more wild the rhetoric, the more likely you are to be defeated. Obama-isms aren’t overly Canadian.